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Poster: wineland Date: May 21, 2012 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 24 Bit Listening?

How do you listen to 24 bit recordings? Is it through a DVD player and 5.1 channel? 7.1? Thanks for helping a brother out.

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Poster: JackDog Date: May 22, 2012 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 24 bit vs. 16 bit?

Is there a noticeable difference between 16 bit and 24? I can't tell the difference, but my stereo's not as good as I'd like it to be.

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Poster: dyneq Date: May 23, 2012 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 24 bit vs. 16 bit?

The best answer to that question is, do an ABX (double-blind) test and make up your own mind. I have tested and cannot tell the difference, but I wasn't surprised because all of the empirical research points to the same conclusion.

It really isn't about your stereo's ability to reproduce 24 bit audio either. It's about the way that humans perceive sound.

Here's a great summary that I found enjoyable to read:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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Poster: JackDog Date: May 23, 2012 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 24 bit vs. 16 bit?

Thanks for that link! It was easy to understand and I learned a few things. I'm a taper and I record at 24/48 but listen to everything at 16/44.1, so even though I was doing that for the wrong reasons (I thought that my stereo wasn't good enough, but it might be someday in the future) it's good to hear that I was doing the right thing.

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Poster: dyneq Date: May 23, 2012 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 24 bit vs. 16 bit?

You're welcome! He's a very good writer, isn't he?

I also tape, and while I always use 24 bit (for post-processing headroom) for recordings, 48 is overkill (see the summary again).

It's a very interesting topic these days, with many companies trying to capitalize on people's desire to purchase something with a higher number on it (it's larger, so it must be better!). However, I do think that Neil honestly believes that he is doing a service by releasing his work this way.

In my opinion, all other things being equal, a good recording has more to do with how the recording was captured (mics, levels, room acoustics, etc.) and mastered.

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Poster: JackDog Date: May 24, 2012 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 24 bit vs. 16 bit?

It seemed to me that it concentrated more on 16 vs. 24 but I got the impression that recording at 48 was good for the headroom.

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Poster: wineland Date: May 21, 2012 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 24 Bit Listening?

Nevermind, I figured it out with this cool new invention, you might have heard of it, Google.

For those interested here's a good primer:
http://24bit.turtleside.com/

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